Since I Don’t Have You

In pursuit of period-piece purity, sixth "Fallen Angels" entry happily goes to black-and-white -- but blows authenticity by using crude lingo. Steven Katz's vid adaptation about a fictional character (played by Gary Busey) trying to find the same doll for both Howard Hughes and Mickey Cohen in post-World War II L.A. stings enough without the vulgarity; James Ellroy's intricate plotting goes like clockwork.

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Cast: Gary Busey, Tim Matheson, James Woods, Aimee Graham, Dick Miller, Ken Lerner, Robert L. Minor, Gary Grossman, Elaine Hendrix, Cindy Ambuehl, Simone Wright, Dino Anello, Michael Milgrom.

In pursuit of period-piece purity, sixth “Fallen Angels” entry happily goes to black-and-white — but blows authenticity by using crude lingo. Steven Katz’s vid adaptation about a fictional character (played by Gary Busey) trying to find the same doll for both Howard Hughes and Mickey Cohen in post-World War II L.A. stings enough without the vulgarity; James Ellroy’s intricate plotting goes like clockwork.

Busey’s just fine as a procurer-bagman, and Dick Miller is effective as Hughes’ accountant as is Robert L. Minor as a bookie.

Aimee Graham is a standout the the missing femme, while Tim Matheson’s Hughes is a good approximation. James Woods, handing in a manic Cohen, doesn’t faintly resemble him.

Declan Quinn’s B&W lensing and Stan Salfas’ editing are impressive.

Since I Don't Have You

(Sun. (26), 11-11:30 p.m.)

Production: Director, Jonathan Kaplan; writer, Steven Katz; story, James Ellroy.

Crew: Camera, Declan Quinn; editor, Stan Salfas.

Cast: Cast: Gary Busey, Tim Matheson, James Woods, Aimee Graham, Dick Miller, Ken Lerner, Robert L. Minor, Gary Grossman, Elaine Hendrix, Cindy Ambuehl, Simone Wright, Dino Anello, Michael Milgrom.

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